Category : Road Tests

Skoda Octavia Combi

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Sector: Lower medium Price (July 2013): €16,640 – €30,510 Fuel: 3.8 – 6.7l/100km CO2: 99 – 156g/km For Skoda, Simply Clever is more than just a slogan – it's the backbone of everything the …

Scania Streamline Euro6

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Sector: Heavy Truck GCW: 40 ­– 60 tonnes Engine: 9.0 – 16.4-litres Power: 250 – 730hp Engines improved If you thought Euro6 was a done deal, think again. Scania has revealed significant upgrades to …

Audi A1 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line

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Sector: Supermini Price (June 2013): €25,370 Fuel: 4.1l/100km CO2: 108g/km Taking on the ultra-desirable MINI was never going to be an easy task for the Audi A1, but it’s stood its ground incredibly well …

MAN TG

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    SECTOR Heavy Truck  GCW 44 tonnes  Engine 10.5, 12.4 and 16.2-litres Euro6 320-680hp   Added cost and value With all the truck makers forming a more or less orderly queue to bring …

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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Sector: Large van  Price: TBA  Range: From 6.3l/100km  CO2: From 165g/km Vans that are new from the ground up tend to come around every 10 to 12 years with good reason. Firstly fleets want …

Peugeot 2008

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Sector: B-crossover  Price: €15,200-€24,450  Fuel: 3.8-5.9l/100km  CO2: 98-135g/km The 2008 marks a move into a new niche for Peugeot, but it covers a few gaps in existing ones. This diminutive crossover is aimed at …

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Sector: Executive  Price: €40,430-€121,023  Fuel: 4.1-10.5l/100km  CO2: 107-246g/km While the rest of the Mercedes-Benz range has steadily got younger in feel, the E-Class has until recently stuck firmly to its roots. A 60-year lineage …

Volkswagen move up! ASG 5dr

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Sector: City car Price (June 2013): €11,980 Fuel: 4.4l/100km CO2: 103g/km With style, space, agility, fuel efficiency, price and that Volkswagen badge in its favour, you’d struggle to find any way in which the …

Mitsubishi Outlander

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Sector: Compact SUV Price (May 2013): €24,490-€31,640 Fuel: 6.5-6.8l/100km CO2: 138-153g/km Much of the focus on Mitsubishi’s new Outlander has been centred on the forthcoming plug-in hybrid, with its world-first electric four-wheel drive powertrain. But until the technological halo model …

BMW 520d Gran Turismo M Sport

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Sector: Executive Price: €54,600 Fuel: 5.3l/100km CO2: 139g/km Next to the excellent 5 Series range, and the equally desirable X5 and X6 SUVs, the 5 Series Gran Turismo may seem like an unnecessary niche …

Mercedes-Benz Atego

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Sector: Light/medium truck GVW: 6.5-16.0 tonnes Engines: 5.1-litre; 156PS, 177PS, 211PS, 231PS and 7.7-litre; 238PS, 272PS, 299PS In the last three years, Daimler trucks has been on a product offensive like no other, with a complete …

Kia Carens

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Sector: MPV Price: TBA Range: 4.7-7.2l/100km CO2: 124-166g/km C-segment MPVs may not be the most glamorous models on the road, but that is entirely in the hands of the manufacturers. The problem is not …

Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

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Sector: Medium SUV Price: TBA  Fuel: 4.49l/100km CO2: 119g/km We knew it was coming. Honda unveiled the CR-V with 1.6i-DTEC diesel engine at the Geneva Show in March. Just the same, the waiting is not …

MINI Clubvan

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Sector: Car-derived van Price: €18,100-€22,600 Range: 3.9-6.6l/100km CO2: 103-152g/km MINI says its new Clubvan is a commercial vehicle for growing companies. So while it’s not going to be a suitable replacement for a full-size van, it’s also …

Renault Clio

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Sector: Supermini Price: €9,600-€14,900 (ex-taxes) Range: 3.2-5.5l/100km CO2: 83-127g/km The ongoing European economic problems have focused the minds of the motor industry and none more so than those worst affected by the recession. As we report …

Hyundai Santa Fe

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Sector: Large SUV  Price: €29,990-€44,180 Fuel: 5.9-8.7l/100km CO2: 155-202g/km With an eye on Europe’s biggest sectors, Hyundai has proved itself very capable of benchmarking, and in some cases beating, its key rivals. But while the …

Fiat 500L

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Sector: Compact MPV Price: €15,900-€21,900 Fuel: 4.2-6.2l/100km CO2: 110-145g/km The new 500 has been a real turning point in Fiat’s recent history. In six years, the carmaker has sold over a million globally, including …

Mercedes-Benz Arocs

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SECTOR Heavy truck  GVW 41.0 tonnes  ENGINE 7.7, 10.7, 12.8 and 15.6-litre Euro-VI, 238-625hp After a new Actros long-distance truck and then the Antos – a completely new heavy short-radius distribution range – both …

Mazda6

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SECTOR Upper medium  PRICE €23,150-€31,540 (approx)  RANGE 3.5-4.9l/100km  CO2 108-136g/km Car companies supplying the fleet market are fond of boasting that they have squeezed the CO2 figures of their latest model to the max, …

Range Rover

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SECTOR Large SUV PRICE €82,960-€114,500 FUEL 7.5-13.8l/100km CO2 196-322g/km Is it possible to be British and not like a Land Rover product? In short, yes – I wouldn’t be first in the queue at …

Volkswagen Golf

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SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €16,975-€28,825  FUEL 3.8-5.3l/100km  CO2 99-123g/km It was a strange sight – a group of journalists sitting around gloomily exchanging notes on the latest Volkswagen Golf, looking desperately for a glaring …

CASE STUDY: Volkswagen Multivan

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Priced in line with a luxury saloon, the Caravelle Business joined Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle range last summer designed to transport executives who don’t have time to stop working. The technology on board is niche …

DAF XF

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SECTOR Heavy truck  GVW 44.0 tonnes  ENGINE 12.-litre Euro-VI, 410, 460 and 510hp New trucks don’t appear that often, thanks to the high cost/low volume nature of the business compared with cars. Cabs tend …

Opel Mokka

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SECTOR: Crossover PRICE: €18,990 – €26,820 RANGE: 4.5 – 6.4l/100km CO2: 120 – 149g/km Of Opel’s recent newcomers, Mokka has perhaps the most logical name. Rather like the menu board at your nearest upmarket coffee house, satisfying …

Volvo V40 D3

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SECTOR: Medium hatchback PRICE: €35,374 (as tested) FUEL: 4.3l/100km  CO2: 114g/km The Volvo V40, launched in Q4 2012 was the first new model to be launched since Volvo was acquired by Geely of China in …

SEAT Leon

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SECTOR: Family hatchback PRICE: €18,850 – €26,910 (approx) FUEL: 3.8 – 6.0l/100km CO2: 99 – 139g/km The SEAT Leon has perhaps had the unfortunate honour of being the car company drivers choose if they can’t afford …

Nissan e-NV200

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SECTOR Electric Compact Van  PRICE TBA  RANGE Up to 160km  CO2 0g/km It’s the second of four EVs, which Nissan plans to launch in the next three years, as part of its commitment to …

Opel ADAM

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SECTOR City Car  PRICE €11,500 – €14,500 (approx)  FUEL 5.0 – 5.5l/100km  CO2 118 – 129g/km Is it Adam as in Adam Opel, or Adam as in the first from the company? As long …

Skoda Rapid

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SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €12,680 – €21,300 (approx)  FUEL 4.4 – 5.9l/100km  CO2 114 – 137g/km MQB may be the future building block for many more VW Group models yet to come, including the …

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €23,978 – €36,860  FUEL 3.8 – 6.4l/100km  CO2 98 – 148g/km Radically different to its predecessor, this isn’t only one of the most important Mercedes-Benz models of recent years, it’s …